8 Apr 2009

Wellington roads getting more dangerous

10:05 pm on 8 April 2009

Wellington roads are becoming increasingly dangerous to travel on, according to crash statistics.

Alcohol, speed and driver error are being blamed, and cyclists in Wellington are particularly vulnerable.

Greater Wellington Regional Council says the figures are so bad it will review its reoad safety plan.

In 2006, there were 991 crashes and that figure rose to 1,212 in 2007.

The social cost was estimated at nearly $400 million, and last year's crash figures, while not completed yet, are on track to cost much the same.

Over the past six years, the number of fatal and serious crashes involving cyclists rose from 10 to 35.

The council says though it will conduct a review, it wants input from the Government.